The exits of senior management executives at Infosys, India’s second largest IT services exporter, continued on Thursday with Chandrashekar Kakal, senior vice-president and member of the company’s executive council, announcing his resignation taking the total tally to nine in the last nine months.
The surprising aspect of Kakal’s resignation is that he has been veteran at Infosys and well regarded within the company. He was in the running for a board position and there are some talk in Infosys corridors that he was probably denied that. Kakal could not be reached for his comments immediately.
In a notice to the BSE on Thursday, Infosys said, “On March 19, 2014, Chandrashekar Kakal, senior vice-president and member, executive council, conveyed his intention to resign from the company effective April 18, 2014.”
Kakal had joined the Infosys in 1999. Rumours of his exit had been doing the rounds ever since the company elevated BG Srinivas and UB Pravin Rao as presidents of the company despite him holding larger responsibilities within the company.
He held operational responsibility of the Indian business unit in addition to overseeing Infosys’ application development, maintenance, testing, and infrastructure management services, which accounts for around 61 per cent of Infosys’ revenue. This resignation comes after a gap of over three month for Infosys when the last exit was of V Balakrishnan, a board member and former CFO in December 2013.
The market and investors were also worried about the spate of senior management exits at Infosys, though chairman NR Narayana Murthy in a recent investor call was categorical that there was no turmoil and these resignations were necessary.
“These things happened and when you want the leadership to come back and set these things right you have to take tough decisions. Barring some rare exceptions, nobody who was adding value to the company had to leave,” he said during the call, adding, “The rest of the people who had to leave unfortunately were people who were deriving very high salary and unfortunately we were not getting value from them.” FE